I am not vegetarian. But, cooking for just myself can make it difficult to buy beef, chicken, pork, etc. that I will cook within an appropriate amount of time. When I saw this recipe on Pinterest for BBQ lentils, my mind instantly jumped to ideas about ways in which 1) make it simpler, 2) make it one serving, and 3) turn it into dinner. While I decided to try this out because I loveee BBQ sauce, I love anything easy-to-make, and lentils themselves certainly fit into this category (their nutritional value is just a fringe benefit to me).
So, I experimented a little bit with lentils and store-bought BBQ sauce, and I came up with this recipe for BBQ lentils. I layered them onto bread and added with half an avocado, and it made the perfect dinner. It too good to taste healthy, though, so I am sure that BBQ sauce must have seriously retracted from the nutritional value of the lentils.
Of note: this recipe left me with a second serving of lentils that I reheated for dinner the next day (and topped with the second half of my avocado). Even with reheating, it was just as good as the day before... try it out if you like BBQ sauce and avocado!
½ cup dry lentils
1 ½ cups cold water
¾ cup of your favorite BBQ sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray's & Buffalo Wild Wings Honey BBQ)Bread
- Rinse and drain lentils, then put them in a saucepan and cover with one and half cups of cold water.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and then reduce to a simmer.
- Cook until desired tenderness is reached (15 to 30 minutes--test them out to see if the texture is to your liking!).
- Meanwhile in a separate small saucepan, heat your BBQ sauce (you can also put this in a small bowl and microwave it in 30 second increments--it doesn't have to be hot... just warm!).
- When the lentils have finished cooking, drain them. Add to your BBQ sauce, and mix together.
- Spoon onto toasted bread and top with half of an avocado for a BBQ lentil sandwich... just like BBQ pork! Right? : )